Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Carved Bone Boxes

One of our most popular items in the store is the Bone Box with Two Cats. Carved out of Ox bone, this box measures 3 1/4 inch long, 1 1/2 inch wide and about 2 inches high. The lid has copper hinges and snaps shut in the front. Two prone cats are carved on the lid, lying amidst grass. Their silly expressions reminds me of my own cats, waiting patiently for the little mouse they thought were hiding behind the sofa.
The size of this box makes it an ideal jewelry box.

Bone carving has a long history in Chinese culture. A bone carving of a human face was discovered in 1982 dates back to 6,000 years ago and is believed to be one of the earliest artistic bone carvings. Beijing, Zhejiang, Inner Mongolia, Guangdong and Fujian province are the main producers of modern bone carvings.

We also carry Bone Box with Cricket, Bone Box with Frog,Bone Box with Rabbits and other similarly intricate bone box carvings. Come visit our store if you are near Port Gamble area, or visit our online store any time!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Journey of a Small Business Owner #4

The sun was already up at 6:30am, promising a great day ahead. We have been working very long hours every day since we came back from Omaha on Monday. We came home from the shop well after midnight last night, having started the day mid-morning. Exhausted as we were, we were excited that in 32 days, we took the idea of a business into a physical location, stocked with goods and ready for business, despite my absence of a week and our four-day visit to Omaha.

Tango Zulu Imports officially opened for business at 10:15am today, May 8th, 2010. For the first couple of hours, we were still trying to understand how the cash register worked and anxiously, though neither Tracy nor I said anything to each other about it, waiting for our first sale to come through. Couple hours later, we finally had a pair of nice ladies who came in and made a small purchase and started the life of Tango Zulu Imports. Amidst the relief of having made the first sale, we became even more anxious, not knowing what lies ahead. Things took off from there. We had many groups of people who stopped by the store, despite the complete lack of any advertisement. We were happy with both the sales activities and feedback on the first day. The feedback was fantastic, almost everyone loved the store and thought our pricing was pleasingly reasonable, and goods we carry unique and wanted by the area.

It was, after all, a fantastic day for Tango Zulu Imports. Now I just need to get back to get our website going.